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WASHINGTON (WJZ) — 

A day after the jury found Ingmar Guandique guilty of murdering former Washington, D.C. intern Chandra Levy, Andrea Fujii takes a closer look at the evidence used to convict the primary suspect.

It was May 2001 when Chandra Levy was jogging in Rock Creek Park. One year later police found her remains.

In 2009, 29-year-old El Salvador immigrant Ingmar Guandique was charged with her murder.

It was a case based on circumstantial evidence, but one of the more incriminating pieces of evidence against Guandique is a prison phone call to pen pal, Maria Mendez.

Mendez: “The thing is that there’s a murder of a woman. That scares me very much.”
Guandique: “Yes.”
Mendez: “Do you understand what I’m saying?”
Guandique: “Yes.”

Then there’s the voicemail left for Levy from then Congressman Gary Condit, who she was having affair with.

Prosecutors say Condit had nothing to do with Levy’s death and a phone message left after she disappeared suggests he did not know where she was.

A year later, a man out hunting turtles with his dog in Rock Creek Park discovered her skeletal remains.

Prosecutors also relied on Guandique’s cellmate who testified that Guandique admitted to killing Levy.

Jurors also considered the evidence that two other women were attacked by him in the same park.

Guandique could be sentenced to a minimum of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison.

His defense lawyer has not said whether they’ll appeal.

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